☛ Don't Tread On Me - Gun Holster Giveaway. Click here to enter to win. ☚
Print Friendly and PDF
historic-guns-01-1112-lgn

The 11 Most Important Guns in History

Posted on: December 10th, 2012

Hand Cannon, 13th century
China had developed a wide variety of gunpowder weapons known as “fire lances” and “fire dragons,” as well as flamethrowers and fireworks, as far back as the 10th century. The first true firearms that used gunpowder to launch a projectile can be dated to the Yuan Dynasty in the 13th century. These included bronze hand cannons, which could be held by one man and touched off by another. The range was short and accuracy poor, but the smoke, fire, and roar must have intimidated opponents of the time.

Gatling Gun, 1862
Dr. Richard Gatling’s invention was one of the first real machine guns, with a practical rate of fire of more than 700 .50-caliber rounds per minute. The Gatling gun is a rotating six-barreled weapon driven by a hand crank. Each barrel was loaded and fired mechanically in turn as the barrel rotated, with ammunition fed from a clip by gravity. The gun made a brief appearance in the American Civil War but proved more effective in the Spanish-American War. The British used Gatling guns to deadly effect in colonial wars against massed Zulus in South Africa, Mahdists in the Sudan, and many other wars of this period.

Print Friendly and PDF
Posting Policy
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse. Read more.
  • Darrell Lynch

    You people are assholes! You have an article up, and when I try to access it, advertisements come up instead, and the article never does. You can take your article and shove it!

    • a_browning

      same thing happened to me

  • http://twitter.com/jamescr54174058 james crawford

    Where’s the Zip gun?

 
citizens-against-obamacare

Copyright © 2014. patriotoutdoornews.com is a member of Liberty Alliance, an Inc 5000 company. All rights reserved. About Us | Privacy Policy